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The Smoothies Bible

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by Pat Crocker
     
 

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A complete guide to delicious and nutritious drinks detailing the nutrient values and healing properties of over 100 fruits and vegetables with over 250 recipes for smoothies, health tips, preparation techniques and more.

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A complete guide to delicious and nutritious drinks detailing the nutrient values and healing properties of over 100 fruits and vegetables with over 250 recipes for smoothies, health tips, preparation techniques and more.

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Reader Views - Irene Watson
I have at least one, sometimes even two, smoothies per day and I love them! It is the most effective way to get nutrition into the body without taxing it during the assimilation. Being the food is in liquid state, the body doesn't have to break down solids. And, actually having only smoothies one day a week is a gift to the digestive system. Smoothies are great for detoxing the body as well as part of a healing process for ailments. For the purpose of the review we are asked to test three recipes. Of course, I looked for combinations I've never used before. The first one I made was Corn Chowder. Yes, corn chowder. Keep in mind that smoothies don't necessarily have to be made with raw fruit. The chowder recipe calls for the normal ingredients: broth, corn kernels, onion, sage, thyme, and milkcream. (I used coconut milk instead.) After cooking, this combination is blended and can be served hot or cold. The combination of sage and thyme gave a great flavor. The second recipe I tested was
Almond Date. It is suggested to use soy or almond milk but I used coconut milk and added dates, almonds, cream cheese, banana, cinnamon and nutmeg. The end result was delicious!The third recipe I tested was Ice Green Goddess. The combination of coconut milk, lime juice, kiwi fruit, mint leaves and 2 scoops of agave sweetened vanilla coconut ice cream made the best ever combination. It's one of those that you say wow after the first sip. Aside from recipes for smoothies, The Smoothies Bible, Second Edition has a huge section on body systems and health conditions that smoothies are indicated for. Pat Crocker covers the best foods for blending and their actions, uses, how to buystore, and corresponding recipes. As well, Crocker has a section on herbs — their use, properties, and healing powers. This one of the best smoothie books I've ever seen and it is certainly a keeper. I would honestly say that anyone just venturing into the world of smoothies for health reasons, The Smoothie Bible,
Second Edition is your first option.
Appleton Post-Crescent - Myrna Collins
Opens a world of concoctions to enhance health as well as please the palate.
Charleston Post and Courier - Marion Sullivan
A lot of unusual combinations for refreshing Smoothies.
Family Motor Coaching - Janet Groene
Keeps the recipes coming until you're serving them for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and medicinal purposes.
Newport Daily News - Beverly N. Williams
I found most intriguing the chapter filled with smoothie recipes for preventing or controlling diseases.
Charleston Post and Courier
A lot of unusual combinations for refreshing Smoothies.
— Marion Sullivan
Newport Daily News
I found most intriguing the chapter filled with smoothie recipes for preventing or controlling diseases.
— Beverly N. Williams
Adventures
Full of delicious and easy-to-follow recipes plus loads of useful information.
Family Motor Coaching
Keeps the recipes coming until you're serving them for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and medicinal purposes.
— Janet Groene
Appleton Post-Crescent
Opens a world of concoctions to enhance health as well as please the palate.
— Myrna Collins

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778802419
Publisher:
Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date:
02/04/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
372,851
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Introduction

We know we need them. We know they prevent a host of modern degenerative diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Although the United States Cancer Institute recommends that you eat five servings of fresh vegetables and three servings of fresh fruit each day, and Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating suggests five to ten servings of fresh fruit and vegetables, research shows that significant numbers of people are not meeting these dietary objectives. One of the easiest ways to eat your fruits and vegetables is to drink them. And every year, more and more people are doing just that: according to the California-based Juice and Smoothie Association, by July 2002 the juice and smoothie business topped $1 billion in sales. Fast and easy to make, smoothies are also becoming the beverage of choice at home, where you can choose the ingredients you use, ensuring their freshness and quality.

Children are probably the biggest fans -- and beneficiaries -- of smoothies, which deliver phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that are so essential for growing bodies. By nine or ten years of age, children are capable of learning the basics of operating a blender safely and cleaning it when they are finished. Teaching them how to make their own satisfying and nutritious drinks will build a healthy habit that will last a lifetime.

People at every point in the life cycle, from singles to empty nesters to the elderly, are discovering the simplicity and nutritional benefits of smoothies. Because they are so quick and easy to make and require minimal cleanup, smoothies are ideal to make in small quantities that suit one or two people. They are also a delicious medium in which to take herbal or pharmaceutical medicine and nutritional supplements. Whisking in other healthful ingredients, such as soy protein, ginseng or wheat germ, boosts their already high nutritional value.

If your immune system is compromised, or if you are recovering from surgery or a major illness, vegetable smoothies will be of tremendous help. Make them with fresh vegetables and the healing herbs recommended for your health condition (see page 19). All of the vegetable smoothies may be served hot. They are especially beneficial to people who may not be able to take whole meals.

It has been said that you don't need a recipe book to make a smoothie. Although that's basically true -- liquid and fresh fruits or vegetables are all it takes to make a blended drink -- there is so much more to smoothies. In addition to a cornucopia of tangy fruit concoctions, this books offers hot smoothies, healing smoothies, vegetable smoothies, cheese smoothies and smoothies made with milk substitutes -- all new and delicious ways to drink to your health.

Skoal,
Pat Crocker

Meet the Author

Pat Crocker is a culinary herbalist and professional home economist. She has written and lectured about herbs and health issues for over 25 years. Her most recent books, The Juicing Bible and The Healing Herbs Cookbook have each won International Cookbook Revue awards and The Juicing Bible has also won an award from the International Herb Association. This is her fourth cookbook.

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The Smoothies Bible 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great recipes and ingredients that are healthy and nutritious...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so much more in it than just smoothie recipies. My daughter and I have learned a lot about flavor combinations and how to use smoothies for health. I am so happy with it that I am purchasing it as a gift to a friend this Christmas. Not sure whether the anonymous post from 2008 was for the right book, since it was written by a woman named Pat Crocker. Her credentials were part of what convinced my to buy this book in the first place.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The validity of this 'bible' conception towards creating delectable and unique smoothies, goes against heaven itself. It seems as though satan's spawned throughout the pages of this book, in smoothie form. Not only did Robert convey blood red smoothies, but smoothies grotesque enough to taste like coffee and/or tea. Robert's choices for smoothie combinations were not all that satisfying. It seemed as if putting kiwi and mushroom together seemed an appropriate idea to the author. Though I highly recommend this book if you are going to create smoothies for your cat, then your cat will be happy. :]